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Monaco Grand Prix result: Lewis Hamilton wins to deliver perfect tribute to Niki Lauda after surviving late collision with Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton survived a late collision with Max Verstappen to deliver the perfect tribute to Niki Lauda by winning an eventful Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton, sporting a one-off red helmet in tribute to the Mercedes non-executive chairman who died on Monday, tippy-toed his way to the chequered flag on shot tyres, claiming a nail-biting victory – his third on Monte Carlo’s famous streets.


Hamilton survived a late scare to take the Monaco Grand Prix

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With three laps remaining, Verstappen delivered a gung-ho move for glory on the high-speed exit of the tunnel and into the chicane – Verstappen’s right-front wheel hitting Hamilton’s rear left in a flurry of sparks. But both men made it to the finish.Hamilton spent much of the race taking aim at his Mercedes team for putting him on the less-durable medium tyres during the only round of stops.

“I don’t know what you were thinking,” he said to them over the radio with 20 laps remaining. “You need to hope for a miracle.”

Yet, despite Red Bull’s Verstappen hustling him all the way, and then banging wheels, Hamilton somehow managed to hold on, emulating his 2008 and 2016 victories at the principality.

Monaco Grand Prix result: Lewis Hamilton wins to deliver perfect trbute to Niki Lauda after surviving late collision with Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton survived a late collision with Max Verstappen to deliver the perfect tribute to Niki Lauda by winning an eventful Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton, sporting a one-off red helmet in tribute to the Mercedes non-executive chairman who died on Monday, tippy-toed his way to the chequered flag on shot tyres, claiming a nail-biting victory – his third on Monte Carlo’s famous streets.


Hamilton survived a late scare to take the Monaco Grand Prix

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With three laps remaining, Verstappen delivered a gung-ho move for glory on the high-speed exit of the tunnel and into the chicane – Verstappen’s right-front wheel hitting Hamilton’s rear left in a flurry of sparks. But both men made it to the finish.Hamilton spent much of the race taking aim at his Mercedes team for putting him on the less-durable medium tyres during the only round of stops.

“I don’t know what you were thinking,” he said to them over the radio with 20 laps remaining. “You need to hope for a miracle.”

Yet, despite Red Bull’s Verstappen hustling him all the way, and then banging wheels, Hamilton somehow managed to hold on, emulating his 2008 and 2016 victories at the principality.

Niki Lauda: Formula 1 legend dies, aged 70

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda has died.

His family said the 70-year-old ‘passed away peacefully’ on Monday in a statement reported by the Austria Press Agency.


Two of Lauda’s three titles were won after a terrible crash at the German Grand Prix in 1976 that left him with serious burns

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“His unique successes as a sportsman and entrepreneur are and remain unforgettable,” the statement said.

“His tireless drive, his straightforwardness and his courage remain an example and standard for us all. Away from the public gaze, he was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. We will miss him very much.”

Since then, tributes have poured in for the Austrian, who was labelled a ‘legend’ by former racer Jenson Button.

Lauda narrowly escaped death in 1976 when his Ferrari crashed at the Nurburgring in Germany.

He made a miraculous recovery despite horrific burns and finished second in the championship to Britain’s James Hunt.

The rivalry between the pair was later made into a film in 2013, starring Daniel Bruhl as Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as Hunt.

The 1976 German Grand Prix

In 1976, Lauda made one of the most remarkable comebacks in sport…

Having swerved off track at the Nurburgring, he hit the wall and his car caught fire, trapping him in a fireball inferno

But just 40 days, after he almost burnt to death at the wheel of his Ferrari, Lauda returned to his Formula One cockpit to finish fourth at the Italian Grand Prix.

By the end of the race, his unhealed wounds had soaked his fireproof balaclava in blood. When he tried to remove the balaclava, he found it was stuck to his bandages, and had to resort to ripping it off in one go.

His injuries were so catastrophic he was read the last rites in hospital. “I got so upset because of this incident with the priest, that I put more effort into not dying,” said Lauda, decades later.

Lauda went on to win two of his three titles as well as becoming a prominent figure in the aviation industry.

Scuderia Ferrari tweeted: “Today is a sad day for F1. The big family of Ferrari learns with deep sadness the news of the death of our friend Niki Lauda, three times world champion, two with the Scuderia (1975-1977). You will remain forever in our hearts and in those of the fans. #CiaoNiki”

In 1979 he left the sport to concentrate on setting up his airline, Lauda Air.

He briefly returned to racing following an offer from McLaren, winning the F1 drivers’ championship for a third time in 1984, before retiring for good the following year.

Formula One: Zandvoort returns to calendar as Dutch Grand Prix replaces Spanish GP from next season

The Netherlands will host Formula One for the first time in 35 years next season with the Dutch Grand Prix confirmed to be on the calendar.

Max Verstappen’s rise as one of the sport’s biggest stars has encouraged F1 to strike a deal with his homeland.

And, on Tuesday morning, it was confirmed that Zandvoort, which last staged a grand prix in 1985, becomes Liberty Media’s second new race under its regime.


Niki Lauda won the Dutch GP the last time it was held

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The race in North Holland is set to replace the Spanish Grand Prix in the calendar.

While a grand prix in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi will also be added to the schedule in 2020, the future of the British Grand Prix, remains uncertain.

Spanish Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton wins in Barcelona as Mercedes record fifth straight one-two finish

Lewis Hamilton is back in charge of the world championship after a superb start fired him to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton was handed a rare thrashing by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in qualifying at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday, but the British star returned to his notorious best, winning at a canter.


Hamilton dominated after passing Bottas on the first corner

British teenager Lando Norris crashed with Lance Stroll which saw the introduction of a safety car with 20 laps to run.

But Hamilton remained in complete control, taking the chequered flag ahead of Bottas as Mercedes secured their fifth consecutive one-two.

Hamilton, who also scored a bonus point for the fastest lap, now leads Bottas by seven points in the title race.

Ferrari’s disappointing campaign continued as confusion reigned over their strategy with both drivers losing out to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished third.

Sebastian Vettel crossed the line in fourth, with team-mate Charles Leclerc fifth.


There was serious criticism aimed at Ferrari for their questionable strategy

Vettel is now 48 points behind Hamilton after just five rounds.

“It was an interesting start and very, very close,” said Hamilton after his third consecutive win in Spain and 76th in all.

“I knew that Valterri would brake super-deep, so it wasn’t a replay of what happened in Baku.”

Reflecting on the opening moments of the race, Bottas said: “It was pretty tight, but I lost it at the start.

“There was strange behaviour with the clutch which I never felt before. I am keen to find out why it was so bad and why it happened.”

Spanish Grand Prix qualifying: Valtteri Bottas beats Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position

Valtteri Bottas delivered a statement of intent in the Formula 1 championship by blowing away Lewis Hamilton to secure pole position for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Bottas, who heads Hamilton in the title race by one point, finished a staggering 0.634 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate in Barcelona.


Valtteri Bottas celebrates after securing pole position at the Circuit de Catalunya

It marked Bottas’ third straight pole. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start from third place – he finished almost nine tenths down on Bottas.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen managed to split the Ferraris. He lines up in fourth ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Bottas might have considered himself fortunate to hang on to his seat at Mercedes following an underwhelming campaign last year, in which he failed to win a single race.

But the Finn will be delighted with his start to the season, sharing two victories apiece with Hamilton, and securing yet another pole here.

Hamilton has not been at his best this weekend. The world champion made an uncharacteristic mistake on his opening timed lap to finish well behind his team-mate.


Bottas finished way ahead of Mercedes team-mate Hamilton and Ferrai’s Sebastian Vettel

“Valtteri has been quick all weekend and I just didn’t put the laps together,” said Hamilton.

“It just wasn’t a good enough job.

“I will be giving it everything tomorrow. We will try to convert this into a one-two finish and if I can reverse it I will be happy.”

Bottas added: “The season has started well and the way I hope for. I feel better and better in the car.”

Vettel had hoped the Barcelona track would be the venue for his championship fightback.

But the German, already 35 points adrift in the title race, could find no answer for the speed of the Mercedes cars.

Indeed, it is looking more and more likely that Bottas could provide the biggest threat to Hamilton’s quest for a sixth world crown.


Hamilton wasn’t at his best during Saturday’s qualifying in Barcelona 

There were gloomy faces in the Renault garage as Nico Hulkenberg fell at the first hurdle of qualifying. Hulkenberg finished seventh in the championship last year, but his French team are struggling this term.

Daniel Ricciardo, who turned his back on Red Bull to join Renault, did well to get his car into the top 10, but the Australian serves a three-place grid drop after he reversed into Daniil Kvyat at the last race. He will be 13th on the grid.

Ricciardo’s penalty promoted Lando Norris to 10th. The Brit, who is steadily impressing in his maiden season, finished two spots ahead of Carlos Sainz in the sister McLaren.

British rookie George Russell finished 1.2 sec ahead of his Williams team-mate Robert Kubica, out-qualifying the Pole for a fifth time in as many races.

The 21-year-old, however, will be demoted to the back of the field, penalised for taking on a new gearbox after he crashed out of final practice.


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Spanish Grand Prix: Lance Stroll crashes in opening practice as Valtteri Bottas finishes top

Lance Stroll crashed in FP1 just 70 seconds before the Spanish Grand Prix’s opening session came to an end.

Stroll lost control at turn nine, and ended up tearing across the grass and gravel before smashing into a barrier.

The red flags were brought out with the incident causing the session to end slightly early.

“Jesus Christ, I hit the grass on entry,” said Stroll, before walking away unscathed from the incident.

He suffered substantial damage to his car, but ended FP1 13th, 1.904 seconds behind leader Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas, who leads Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the driver standings by one point, set the pace at the Circuit de Catalunya ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.

The two Ferraris came in 0.115secs and 0.221secs behind Bottas respectively.

Hamilton was fourth in the first running of the weekend, lapping more than half-a-second adrift of his Mercedes team-mate.

Bottas, however, missed the final 15 minutes of the session with an hydraulic issue. An oil leak contributed to the Finn’s engine shutting down, with Mercedes now investigating the source of the problem.

Formula 1 race calendar 2019: When is the Spanish Grand Prix? Valtteri Bottas leads Lewis Hamilton in F1 Standings

Mercedes stars Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have won a race each to kick off the new Formula 1 season.

Hamilton stormed to the F1 crown last season, beating Ferrari’s Sebsatian Vettel by 88 points to win his fifth Championship.


Formula One race calendar 2019

The British superstar won 11 races, including six out of seven between race weekends 11 and 17 in a stunning year for the 34-year-old.

Hamilton and team-mate Bottas have started Mercedes’ title charge in fine form yet again this season while Vettel and new Ferrari stablemate Charles Leclerc are looking to bounce back.

Ayrton Senna: The forgotten Imola crash that means Rubens Barrichello does not remember being pallbearer at F1 legend’s funeral

25 years on from Formula One’s darkest weekend, the sporting world continues to mourn Ayrton Senna.

Senna’s death at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix came one day after Ronald Ratzenberger was killed at Imola when his Simtek crashed at the Villeneuve Curva, and marked the first World Championship fatalities since the 1982 Canadian Grand Prix.


A quarter of a century ago, Formula One lost its hero

Senna planned to pay tribute to Ratzenberger by, on the morning of the race, placing an Austria flag in his car. He was going to wave the flag after winning the race.

Senna would never cross the finishing line.

The Brazilian icon crashed at the Tamburello corner on lap seven, his Williams colliding with the wall at 135mph.


Senna’s fatal crash is widely considered one of F1’s most tragic incidents

He was pronounced dead hours later.

Ratzenberger’s own crash has been somewhat forgotten to the annals of time due to Senna’s tragedy, but there was an even more forgotten third crash at Imola which turned out to be one of the darkest grands prix in F1 history.